Arizona guard Dalen Terry declares for 2022 NBA Draft, maintains eligibility
Each of Arizona’s three NBA Draft prospects will test their luck in the upcoming draft. This week, Arizona guard Dalen Terry officially declared for the 2022 class, joining guard Bennedict Mathurin and center Christian Koloko.
Terry will maintain his collegiate eligibility, giving him until June 1 to withdraw his name and return to Arizona.
— DT 🌪 (@DalenTerry) April 22, 2022
“I want to thank the entire Arizona community for accepting a PHX kid with open arms and making me feel at home in Tucson,” Terry wrote. “I want to thank my family for always pushing me and encouraging me to chase my dreams. Without every one of you sacrificing for me, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The 6-foot-7 do-everything guard was a crucial, if not a bit underrated, piece of the Wildcats’ 2021-22 Pac-12 championship team. Terry was a nightly triple-double threat, averaging eight points a game to go with 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists. An All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection, Terry was as dangerous handling the ball as he was working off-ball. He shot 36% on 3s and 50% from the field.
The energy, length, and athleticism, combined with his ball skills, make Terry an ideal kind of NBA prospect. He’s a high-level thinker and should do well in pre-draft workouts.
As it stands, though, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony has Terry pegged as a mid-second-round selection, going 43rd overall to the Atlanta Hawks in his most recent mock draft.
One factor working in Arizona’s favor with regards to Terry’s draft decision: unlike with Mathurin and Koloko, Terry could return to Arizona and secure lucrative NIL packages moving forward. As international college players, neither Mathurin nor Koloko were eligible for most NIL activity because of work restrictions from their student visas.
A full year working as one of Arizona’s featured options, which Terry would likely be within the Wildcats’ system next season, could propel him up into the first round of the 2023 NBA Draft picture. Of course, he’s talented enough and the exact kind of prospect NBA teams seek out that he might work his way into first-round conversation this cycle with strong pre-draft workouts.